The Westerville Education Foundation (WEF) is thrilled to announce the 3 projects that will be competing in its inaugural Community Votes - Golden Butterfly Award Campaign, Presented by Alliance Data. This campaign, which will run November 1 - December 1st, features 3 outstanding projects submitted to the WEF by Westerville City School District Educators during its Fall 2021 Grant Cycle.
Throughout the campaign the community will "vote" with donations to fund the project of their choosing. The project with the highest percentage of its total goal raised will receive the very first "Golden Butterfly Award."
*ALL funds donated will go to the chosen project, even if that project is not this year's Golden Butterfly Award recipient. If an award receives more than it needs for the project, the additional funds will go into the WEF Grant Fund to support future grant recipients.
Jennifer Hall, Robert Frost Elementary
Equity in the Music Room: Providing Performance Opportunities for All Students
Amount of funding requested: $2,200
Estimated number of students impacted: Up to 180 this year + future students
The Robert Frost ukulele project will restore musical opportunities to 4th and 5th grade students that were put on hold by the COVID pandemic. Students will experience the joy of beginning a string instrument, and they will gain musical knowledge that will aid in their transition from elementary music to middle school performance ensembles. This project will provide standards-based musical instruction and performance opportunities for pre-ensemble students - 4th and 5th graders who are approaching middle school and the band/orchestra. Due to COVID restrictions, blending learning, and the financial struggles for families over the past year and a half, middle school ensembles are struggling to maintain and serve large populations of students. This project within the Elementary music program will be an integral part of the recovery process.
Elizabeth King (Vance), Westerville Central High School and Westerville North High School
Amount of funding requested: $1,915
Estimated number of students impacted: 90
This project utilizes the unique land lab at Westerville North as well as the public pond at Central to address a need for hands-on, real-life application of science and Ecology! Westerville high school students will have the opportunity to apply what they have learned of water quality and its effect on local ecosystems. In the process, they will be able to see first hand how water quality affects fish populations and growth in our land lab. These skills will help them be better ecological stewards as they move beyond high school and provide them with skills and enjoyment that can last a lifetime. Fishing equipment and dissolved oxygen probes will be used by students to assess the composition of pond water and determine if it is fit for fish to live in, and then to use the fishing rods to see if there are, indeed, fish living in the water.
Jeff McMillan, Blendon Middle School
Life Skills Enrichment
Amount of Funding Requested: $2,000
Estimated number of students impacted: 100
Our 6th Grade Team would like to teach our students the basic life skills of food preparation, cooking meals, laundry skills including washing/drying and folding clothes, ironing as well as basic banking skills needed to lead a successful adult life. The funds received would go towards the purchase of equipment, supplies and food needed to make this venture a meaningful and valuable life learning experience. This project is meeting the everyday needs of our students in that we are developing responsible and well trained individuals who are well equipped as they leave the walls of Westerville City Schools to be successful adults in EVERY aspect of their lives. This unit will also serve the social/emotional needs of our students to have a space where they can use the skills learned in a therapeutic way.
To learn more and cast your vote today visit:
We will be collecting votes through the end of November only! So cast your vote and donate to your favorite project TODAY!
Thank you to our Sponsors who support innovative educational programs in Westerville City Schools: Alliance Data, Dr. George Tombaugh Fund, Westerville Sunrise Rotary, TRIAD Architects & TRIAD Facility Solutions, WASA - Westerville Area Soccer Association, Nichols & Company, CPAs, Nationwide Children's Hospital, Education First Credit Union, DCTS - Dayton Cincinnati Technology Solutions, The Weinhardt Family, Stifel Public Finance, Rich & Gillis Law Group, Northstar Family Dental, HR Imaging Partners, Garber Electric, Charles Schwab Westerville Branch, Birdie Books, Westerville ACE Hardware, Wanner Metalworx, Vertical Communications, Ultimax, Smart Business Systems, Salaita Orthodontics, Osborn Engineering, Meyers Family Dental, GHM General Contractors, G2, Arthur J. Gallagher, Martha Sweterlitsch.